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Winthrop's Second Capital Campaign Raises $50.9 Million

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 Winthrop celebrated the close of Distinction: The Campaign for Winthrop Sept. 18 with a special event.
 The largest amount of campaign contributions, $15.2 million, supported student scholarships.

Campaign leaders Vivian Carroll '73 (left), Carlos Evans (center)
and Harry Dalton announce the $50.9 million total for
Distinction: The Campaign for Winthrop.

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Winthrop honored the success of Distinction: The Campaign for Winthrop, the university’s second capital campaign, on Sept. 18 with an evening celebration.

The campaign raised $50.9 million to increase scholarship funding for Winthrop students as well as funding for a variety of academic programs, development and research opportunities for faculty and technology upgrades.

Winthrop President Dan Mahony, Campaign Chairs Vivian Carroll ’73 and Carlos Evans and Honorary Co-Chair Harry Dalton ’86 welcomed nearly 130 donors to the Rosalind and Jerry Richardson Ballroom Sept. 18 for a celebration of Distinction: The Campaign for Winthrop. President Emeritus Anthony DiGiorgio paid tribute to the late Lois Rhame West ’43, honorary co-chair for the Distinction campaign and chair of Winthrop’s first capital campaign, A Lasting Achievement. Winthrop’s Jazz Trio, West African Drummers and Chamber Singers gave special performances during the event.

The largest amount of campaign contributions, $15.2 million, supported student scholarships. Additional priorities included departmental awards, lectures and faculty support in addition to research and development opportunities.

Mahony, who delivered the evening’s opening and closing remarks, thanked the guests for their efforts to make the Distinction campaign a success.

“Distinction: The Campaign for Winthrop forged bonds that connected our donors, our faculty and staff, and, most important, our students,” said Mahony. “The individual and collective efforts of our dedicated supporters provided the resources that have increased Winthrop’s capacity to provide a learning and living experience in which we focus on the success of every student.”

One of the largest contributions to Distinction came from Vivian Carroll and her husband, Larry. In 2008, the couple committed $1.25 million to finance cutting-edge technology within the Vivian Moore Carroll Hall, a business and trading center within the College of Business Administration.

Carroll explained that she continues to support her alma mater because “Winthrop is a place where your gift can make a difference in a student’s life.”

Additional major gifts to the Distinction campaign included:

  • A commitment from Dalton and his wife, ’Becca, to expand the Environmental Sciences and Studies program.
  • Funds from West’s estate that support the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy at Winthrop, which seeks to promote leadership and educate students to become engaged and effective citizens of South Carolina, and the Lois Rhame West Scholarship Endowment Fund, which assists South Carolina students with financial need.

Campaign leaders Dalton and Evans made their own investments in the Distinction campaign as a way to offer financial support to Winthrop students and make their dream of a Winthrop degree a reality.

Dalton and his wife are longtime Winthrop supporters. During Winthrop’s first campaign, he and ’Becca gave $1 million to create the Harry and ’Becca Dalton Endowed Chair in Environmental Sciences and Studies. Dalton, who described Winthrop as “the world’s greatest untold story,” said that he and his wife invested in Distinction because they wanted to share their love of the environment with future generations.

“We felt obligated to enable students to appreciate and understand our natural environment … and our heart was in environmental sciences and environmental studies,” said Dalton. “So we said, ‘Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could plant that seed at Winthrop?’ That became the Environmental Sciences and Studies Program.”

Evans, who established the Lisa Hudson Evans Endowed Scholarship with his wife, Lisa ’75, explained that giving to Winthrop grants more students access to the life-changing college experience.

“A quality college education is one of the best ways that a person can enhance their prospects for the future. Endowing scholarships is a way to help other people realize that dream,” said Evans.

Carroll added that the funds raised through the Distinction campaign help Winthrop achieve another crucial goal: recruiting top faculty and students to the university.

“We want to attract the best students, we want to attract the best professors, and without campaigns like Distinction we won’t be able to do that,” said Carroll.

For more information, contact Meredith Carter, communications coordinator, at 803/323-2236 or email her at

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